By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

After Eight War Points:
East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 3

Fighters of the Known World got their first look at the new woods Tuesday as the Great Armies of the East and Midrealm fought the woods battle.
The Midrealm chose to enter the woods from the north side, while the East entered from the south side, just to the north of Mount Eislinn.
This year’s fight was fought over three banners in a two-hour, unlimited resurrection battle. Possession of each banner was checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes, and at the end of the battle, with possession of each banner counting as a “possession point.”
Earning three possession points was worth one War Point to each army. The army with a majority of possession points earned an extra War Point.
At the sound of the cannon, the two armies charged into what some fighters termed “a fair but hard fright.”
After some furious early charges, the East was able to take firm control of both the north and central banners. The Tyger held onto those two banners throughout the fight.
The fight for the southern banner was a brawl, according to those at the front. At the 45-minute mark, a small force of Atlantians battled a larger force of Midrealm fighters, leaving the banner in contest.
The East was able to send reinforcements to secure the southern banner.
Despite repeated charges from the Midrealm, the East held the southern banner at the 90-minute mark and the end of the battle. The result was an 8-0 win for the East, earning the Tyger two War Points.
Jubilant Eastern forces gathered at their resurrection point, where HRM Edward thanked both his warriors and each of his Allies for the effort they put forth.
HRM Marguerite then praised her troops.
“You have the heart and you have the blood and I thanks all of you for shedding it this day.” HRM Marguerite.
HRM Edward also said the victory would not have been worthwhile without “noble opponents” and raised a hearty “VIVAT!” to the Midrealm.

Wednesday’s Big Battle: Champion’s Day
The Rapier Champions, Allied Champions, Unbelted Champions and Belted Champions (in that order) will do battle today. These battles are spectator-friendly, but very spirited affairs. Feel free to watch. Each champion’s battle is worth one point.

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